The Fort Issue 11 March 2022 - Page 13

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FEATURE

increasingly interconnected and globalised world.

At VIS students undertake a basic introductory course of Mandarin which exposes them to useful vocabulary, Chinese business etiquette and culture.

HOW WILL STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?

Students will be assessed both internally by the school, and externally by IB. Assessment for the career-related study depends on which course is being followed – more information can be found via the UK IB website (www.ibo.org/uk). He or she will take written examinations at the end of their IB CP course to assess the academic DP elements, which are marked externally by IB examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Finally, all students must complete all four components of the skills-based core: the reflective project is assessed by the school and moderated and graded by the IB – from A to E, with A being the highest.

WHAT CAN A STUDENT GAIN FROM THE PROGRAMME?

Students studying the IB CP will: grow in self-confidence and self-awareness; develop the skills and qualities employers seek (flexibility, resilience, and the ability to communicate clearly); become effective learners, who can work both independently and in a collaborative environment; think critically and creatively; be internationally-minded and globally-aware.

- Nicky Schembri

2. ACADEMIC STUDY

As part of the programme, students are required to complete a minimum of 2,( maximum of 4) IB Diploma courses, from the following subject areas: language and literature; individuals and societies; science; mathematics; and the arts. Examples of DP subject choices from our first cohort are: Economics, Maths, English, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts and ESS.

3. IBCP SKILLS BASED CORE

The programme’s core is what defines the programme and makes it unique. It consists of the following:

The personal and professional skills course emphasises the development of the skills and attributes needed to flourish in the chosen career pathway. The reflective project is an independent, in-depth piece of work undertaken over an extended period of time for which the student investigates an ethical issue within their career-related subject area; this is moderated by the IB.

Service learning focuses on community service as a vehicle for learning. Through service, he or she will develop and apply their personal and social skills, gaining experience of teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving, with opportunities to show initiative and take responsibility.

Language development gives access to learning a second language. This component is not examined, but will enable him or her to develop a skill that employers value, and emphasises the importance of language in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world. At VIS students undertake a basic introductory course of Mandarin which exposes them to useful vocabulary, Chinese business etiquette and culture.

HOW WILL STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?

Students will be assessed both internally by the school, and externally by IB.

Assessment for the career-related study depends on which course is being followed – more information can be found via the UK IB website (www.ibo.org/uk). He or she will take written examinations at the end of their IB CP course to assess the academic DP elements, which are marked externally by IB examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).

Finally, all students must complete all four components of the skills-based core: the reflective project is assessed by the school and moderated and graded by the IB – from A to E, with A being the highest.

WHAT CAN A STUDENT GAIN FROM THE PROGRAMME?

Students studying the IB CP will:

• grow in self-confidence and self-awareness

• develop the skills and qualities employers seek (flexibility, resilience, and the ability to communicate clearly)

• become effective learners, who can work both independently and in a collaborative environment

• think critically and creatively

• be internationally-minded and globally-aware

For further information: ibcpcoordinator@verdala.org